FSC held an International Conference “Development Outlook of the Non-banking financial sector”

On Dec 14th, 2011 the Bulgarian Financial Supervision Commission held a major international conference on “Development Outlook of the Non-banking financial sector”. The event was to present the new European policy in the financial sector and to stimulate discussion about the situation of the Bulgarian capital market and its future development.

The event was opened by Mr. Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria. This gave a clear and strong signal to the business for the efforts that the Bulgarian government is making to overcome the effects of the global crisis in the non-banking financial sector and confirmed the priority of the country for full integration into the European structures. In his speech, the Prime Minister stressed that the European Union is on the verge of making extremely important decisions for its future development many of which are related to financial security and stability of financial markets. In this situation, the role of authorities dealing with supervision of the financial sector is crucial. In times of financial crisis, state institutions are urged to reinforce people’s confidence in the stability of markets in order to ensure their proper functioning and integrity.  The Prime Minister also noted that the Financial Supervision Commission proved that it has the capacity to cope with the challenges of the crisis as a result of the FSC Chairman’s personal efforts and the efforts of the institution.

In his turn, Mr. Stoyan Mavrodiev, Chairman of the FSC said that the financial crisis has impacted heavily on the global financial markets. This requires immediate action to overcome the consequences and to stabilize the financial markets nationwide. As part of the European financial regulators FSC supports the actions of the European Commission and together with the regulatory authorities of other member states is interested in seeking solutions and creating policies for effective oversight of the financial system. FSC is to promote these steps more stable, transparent, predictable and accountable to the public, investors and consumers.

A special guest speaker to the conference was Mr. Steven Maijoor – President of the European Securities and Markets Authority. He gave strong support for the Financial Supervision Commission. On Dec 13th a discussion meeting with representatives of the non-banking financial sector in Bulgaria was held. Mr. Maijoor presented immediate tasks and priorities of ESMA. Moreover, he answered many questions from interested parties regarding how the European supervisor authority interacts with the investment community.

Marcus Repnik, Permanent Representative of the World Bank for Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia stated that the government regulators play a key role in shaping the capital markets. “The challenge now is to develop a regional capital market, which exceeds national borders”, said Mr. Repnik. In his view, this will allow better investment opportunities. According to him financial services and products are becoming more sophisticated and complex, and consumers need clear rules, effective supervision and responsibility.

After the capital market session, the conference “Development outlook of the non-banking financial sector” was divided into two discussion panels. Mr. Angel Dzhalazov – Vice-Chairman of the FSC chaired the pension insurance session on profitability of the pension funds in a financial crisis condition and perspectives for introduction of multifunds in Eastern European countries. Ms. Antonia Gineva – Member of the Board moderated the financial consumer protection and financial education module.

Additional information including videos from the conference is uploaded on the following link:

European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) launches Consultation on Considerations of materiality in financial reporting

The objective of financial statements is to provide information to a range of users for the purpose of economic decision making. To be useful, such statements must present fairly the financial position, performance and cash flows of the reporting entity. Where information which is required by the relevant financial reporting framework is omitted or misstated and such information could influence the economic decision making of a user, financial statements cannot be said to achieve a fair presentation. The concept of ‘materiality’ is used to describe such information.

A recurring theme of discussions at the European Enforcers Coordination Sessions (a forum in which all European National Enforcers of financial information meet to exchange views and discuss experiences of enforcement of IFRS) is the apparent differing views regarding the practical application of the concept of materiality amongst preparers, auditors, possibly users of the financial reports and, in some instances, accounting enforcers. The purpose of this consultation paper is to seek comments from interested parties on their understanding of various aspects of materiality in an effort to contribute to a consistent application of this important concept in financial reporting.

The Consultation is available here: http://www.esma.europa.eu/popup2.php?id=8053

All contributions should be submitted online at www.esma.europa.eu under the heading ‘Consultations’ by 29 February 2012.

Who should read this paper

All interested parties are invited to comment on this consultation paper. It will be primarily of interest to those charged with the governance of issuers who prepare their financial statements under IFRS, the users of the financial reports prepared by same, the auditors of such entities, and other parties who have a particular interest in the concept of materiality and the application of same in an IFRS context.

Next steps

ESMA will consider the feedback it received to this consultation paper in Q2 2012. Based on the outcome of the consultation paper, ESMA will go further and publish a final report later in 2012.